Claremont Confirmed Cases - 236
As of July 28, 2020 Claremont had 236 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Los Angeles Public Health tracks the number of cases in the County. The number of cases is updated Monday-Friday at noon on the County website: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/locations.htm. The County does not share the addresses and personal information of the cases with the City because of medical privacy laws. The County will share if the case is at a skilled nursing facility or congregate site. As of July 28, Claremont has 47 cases resulting in 3 deaths in two skilled nursing facilities.
An important message from Claremont City Manager Tara Schultz about wearing masks:
City/County Official Announcements
Effective July 13, 2020, ALL counties must close indoor operations in these sectors:
- Dine-in restaurants
- Wineries and tasting rooms
- Movie theaters
- Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
- Zoos and museums
Additionally, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations both indoor and outdoor statewide.
Counties that have remained on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days will be required to shut down the following industries or activities unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up.
- Fitness centers
- Worship services
- Offices for non-essential sectors
- Personal care services, like nail salons
- Hair salons and barbershops
On July 21, LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH) has issued reopening protocols for hair salons, barbershops and personal care establishments in the County. Following are the highlights:
- Businesses must establish an outdoor reception area where customers can check in while still following physical distancing guidelines
- Services that cannot be performed safely outdoors (or that would require a customer to have to enter the establishment) are not permitted.
- Outdoor shaded areas can be configured to block wind, but cannot be enclosed or partially enclosed on more than one side
- Businesses must comply with the Cal/OSHA standard for heat illness prevention for outdoor workers, including an effective heat illness prevention plan with written procedures on:
- Access to water, shade, and cool down breaks; emergency procedures for heat illness cases; monitoring of employees who are acclimatizing during a heat wave; and training on heat illness prevention and symptoms
- For resources (including Cal/OSHA FAQs, a webinar and a sample written plan), visit the Cal/OSHA heat illness prevention page.
- All establishments operating outdoors should have Cal/OSHA standard heat illness prevention plans and written procedures, as moving work outdoors creates additional hazards including the possibility of heat illness.
- Businesses offering electrology, tattooing, microblading & permanent make-up, and piercing services may not operate outside because they are invasive procedures that require a controlled hygienic environment to be performed safely.
- Businesses must establish an outdoor reception area where customers can check in while still following physical distancing guidelines.
- Businesses which offer pedicures outdoors shall be limited to portable tubs/bowls & must be cleaned and disinfected with an EPA-registered liquid disinfectant that is labeled as a bactericide, fungicide and virucide (refer to manufacturer’s instruction on mixture). Disinfection should occur inside the nail salon & not in the temporary outdoor setting.
Visit DPH online at publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus to learn more.
- APPENDIX A: Safer at Home Revised Order Social Distancing Protocol (05.13.20)
- APPENDIX B: Safer at Home Revised Order Warehousing, Manufacturing, Logistics Protocol (05.13.20)
- APPENDIX C: Safer at Home Revised Order Warehousing, Manufacturing, Logistics Protocol (05.13.20)
Update on Re-Opening
The City of Claremont continues to assess the impacts of COVID-19 in consultation with Los Angeles County Public Health Officials and our local partners. The City is following and implementing guidelines from the State of California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
On Monday, July 13, Governor Newsom revised the order, which includes restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums and cardrooms in LA County must close indoor operations. Newsom also ordered bars in LA County to completely close. Services such as those listed below with the asterisk next to the service indicated may be open for outdoor operations ONLY.
New Guidelines for Face Coverings
On Thursday, June 18, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all Californians to wear face coverings while in public or high-risk settings, including when shopping, taking public transit, or seeking medical care. The state mandate exempts people with a medical, mental health, or developmental disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering. Restaurant customers are also exempt when eating and drinking, as are residents recreating outdoors as long as they are able to socially distance from others. Face coverings also are not required for the hearing impaired, or those communicating with them, or for workers whose health may be put at risk or may need to temporarily remove a mask to perform a task or service.
Masks must be worn by Californians in their workplace, when serving customers or any member of the public, by all food service workers, when working or walking through hallways and parking facilities, and when riding on elevators, according to the order. People who drive buses, taxis, ride-hailing vehicles or any other service that accepts passengers also must wear masks. To view the new guidelines, please click this link.
Garage Sales/Yard Sales
Garage/Yard sales are permitted for up to three consecutive days twice a year. Must comply with Health Orders with regard to wearing masks and social distancing. All persons are required to wear a cloth face covering over both the nose and mouth whenever they leave their place of residence and are, or can be, in contact with or walking near or past others who are non-household members in both public and private places, whether indoors or outdoors. For more information, please contact our Code Enforcement Division at (909) 399-5467.
Enforcement of Overnight Parking has Resumed
The enforcement of the Overnight Parking Ordinance has resumed. As a reminder, the Claremont Municipal Code prohibits parking any vehicle on a City street for more than one hour between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. If you have to park on the street between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., you can apply for an ONP Exemption up to 60 days in advance. Each household is entitled to 3 ONP Exemptions (3 nights) per vehicle, per month. To request a longer term overnight exemption, send a detailed email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your address, vehicle information, including license plate make and color of vehicle, and specific reasons related to COVID as to why you need to park in the street. Staff will be monitoring the emails, and you will receive a response as to whether it has been approved or not.
For more information, visit this link: http://claremont.parkingexemptionapp.com/
City Parks/Pooch Park
Passive areas of parks remain open to members of families that reside together who wish to get some fresh air and exercise. This does not mean gatherings are permitted. Sports fields and playgrounds remain closed. Tennis courts and pickleball courts are now open. Play is restricted to singles and social distancing must be maintained. Sharing equipment is discouraged.
Pooch Park is now open. The water fountains have been turned off, so visitors need to bring water.
Park restrooms reopened on Friday, June 12.
City Trails Open
On Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Los Angeles County announced the easing of the Safer at Home Order and the phased reopening of some businesses and trails.
In coordination with the opening of the County’s trails, the City re-opened Thompson Creek Trail and the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.
Visitors to the trails will be expected to practice safe physical distancing, refrain from visiting if exhibiting symptoms, and wear a mask at trailheads and parking lots. Hikers will be directed to walk, run, and ride in one direction on the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park five mile loop. The parking lots for the Wilderness Park will be open and parking permits will be enforced.
City staff and rangers will be monitoring the trails, and trailheads, and enforcing the safety protocols. Hikers and walkers are encouraged to bring plenty of water with them, as water fountains will be closed. Restrooms will be available at Higginbotham Park for the Thompson Creek Trail and at the lower level of the Wilderness Park loop. The porta potties on the higher level of the loop will be closed. Additional hand sanitation stations will be placed at the entrance of the loop by the kiosks.
Wilderness Park Pass Extension
Attention CHWP 2020 Annual Pass Holders: Annual passes will be extended beyond December 31, 2020 to match the duration of this closure. Announcements about the duration of permit extensions will be made later this year.
One-Stop State Website: www.covid19.ca.govOn March 18, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a new Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) public awareness campaign to provide useful information to Californians and inform them of actions they can take to further prevent the spread of the virus. The campaign is anchored by a new, consumer-friendly website, www.covid19.ca.gov, that highlights critical steps people can take to stay healthy and resources available to Californians impacted by the outbreak, including paid sick leave and unemployment assistance.
Declaration of Local Emergency
In an abundance of caution and to protect our vulnerable populations, the City has taken the following actions
- All recreation classes have been cancelled. Online classes are available.
- All facility rentals have been cancelled.
- Large gatherings have been cancelled.
- The TAC and YAC are closed.
- Joslyn and Blaisdell Centers are closed. Meal service for seniors has been moved to meal pick up on Mondays and Wednesdays.
- All park playgrounds, basketball hoops, and picnic areas are closed.
PVTA and the City of Claremont have extended the fare waivers for Dial-a-Ride and Get About until further notice. Call your destination in advance to ensure they are open. Please remember that we are all safer at home and to practice social distancing if you need to be out. For more information, please call (909) 596-7664.
Senior Meal Service & Senior Activities
Senior Hours at Local Grocery Stores
Below is a list of grocery stores and hours of operations for seniors only. We will update as necessary.
City Council & Commission Meetings
Pursuant to the local emergency concerning the COVID-19 virus declared by the City Council of the City of Claremont on March 19, 2020, the Los Angeles County Department of Health’s “Safer at Home Order” issued March 19, 2020, and Executive Order N-29-20 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom on March 18, 2020, the following protocols will apply to public participation in meetings for the duration of the emergency:
Members of the public will not be permitted to be physically present at meetings. To allow for public participation, the City Council and various Commissions/Committees will conduct their meetings through Zoom Video Communications. To participate in the meetings from the comfort of your own home or office, download Zoom on any phone or computer device and use the following links to access and participate in the live meetings.
Below are the specific links that must be copied and pasted into your web browser for the various meetings:
City Council: https://zoom.us/j/256208090
Architectural Commission: https://zoom.us/j/98460848259
Community and Human Services Commission: https://zoom.us/j/93017264737
Planning Commission: https://zoom.us/j/93823869306
Police Commission: https://zoom.us/j/96751410704
Traffic and Transportation Commission: https://zoom.us/j/97473747561
Public Art Committee: https://zoom.us/j/99076879681
Sustainability Committee: https://zoom.us/j/96247801014
Tree Committee: Zoom link (TBA)
Youth Sports Committee: https://zoom.us/j/95756221995
**Please reference the instructions on each meeting's agenda page to participate in the meeting.
The meetings will not be live streamed through Granicus as the meetings will be live streamed through Zoom instead. The recorded meeting will be uploaded and saved as a record.
Materials for the meeting can be found on the City website, or you can request a copy of any staff report by contacting the City Clerk’s office.
Claremont Police Department Operations
In response to the guidance received by the Federal, State, and Los Angeles County Public Health Officials, the Claremont Police Department is adapting to the challenges impacted by COVID-19. We have not changed or reduced our deployment strategies at this time and will continue to respond to all law enforcement related activities in Claremont. This is an evolving situation, and the Claremont Police Department is working to maintain field staffing levels that ensure high-quality response times to emergency calls for service within the City.
At this time, it is our goal to continue to provide the highest level of safety and service while preserving the health and well-being of our personnel and our community. Based on logical response precautions, CPD has modified some procedures to limit the exposure of the public and our staff. For example, we may accept and document certain non-emergency crime reports over the telephone rather than in person. To file a crime report, please call our Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411. Staff will determine if a phone report can be completed or if the situation would best be served with an officer contact. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, fever, or a respiratory illness, please notify us when you make the call. This will allow our first responders to take any needed safety precautions prior to their arrival.
To protect the health of the public and our CPD personnel, and to potentially slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, we are limiting access to the Claremont Police Department lobby with the exception of essential or emergency situations. We encourage residents to call ahead at (909) 399-5411 to determine if we can serve you without requiring a visit. If your need requires a visit, we will schedule an appointment to ensure limited people within our lobby. This practice will stay in effect until further notice.
Lobby restrictions DO NOT apply to the following:
-Regularly scheduled child-custody exchanges (to take place by front door monitored by video surveillance)
-Individuals who are required by law to check in with law enforcement for compliance to terms of release.
-Situations in which a law enforcement presence is needed to immediately protect life, safety or property.
-Mandatory visits for payment of fees or collection of property.
We apologize for any inconvenience that these adjustments may cause. Please know that the men and women of the Claremont Police Department are committed to the safety and well-being of our citizens and dedicated to maintaining the superior service everyone has come to expect from our personnel. During this time, we are encouraging everyone to remain rational and remember to keep the current situation in perspective. We ask that you help protect your Claremont Police Department officers and support staff, so that in turn, we can continue to work hard to protect you!
Sanitation Special Services
While residents are encouraged to stay home, the Sanitation Division is currently fully operational and available to provide service to our customers. In addition to standard collection services, residents can also schedule bulky item pickups and bin rentals. The Sanitation Division will pick up three bulky items per household, per calendar year at no charge. The program is intended for large, bulky items that do not fit in your regular refuse container, such as large appliances, furniture, and mattresses. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. After the three free items have been picked up, additional items can be collected for a fee. Due to recent increases in bed bug infestations, soiled, infested, or contaminated items must be sealed in heavy plastic. Glass items, such as mirrors and windows must also be taped and wrapped in heavy plastic for safety. Bin rentals are also currently available for those looking for extra disposal capacity to accommodate your spring cleaning. For more information regarding our services or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Community Services Department at (909) 399-5431.
Urban Forest Activity
The City’s contracted trimming company, West Coast Arborists, will continue to prune trees. Pruning trees is considered an essential service. All WCA staff will follow strict COVID-19 work restrictions. Pruning will continue in the neighborhoods north of Base Line, between Indian Hill and the westerly City boundary. Tree pruning will progress through the spring. All City trees are pruned on a regular basis using only the highest professionally accepted standards, and in a manner that will encourage good development while preserving their health, structure, and natural appearance.
Water Quality and Reliability
Golden State Water Company would like to reassure customers that the water they receive is safe to drink and meets all state and federal health and safety standards. Water delivered to customers is treated and tested to ensure it meets drinking water requirements. Their team of water professionals is committed to ensuring customers have reliable water at their taps when they need it. They do not anticipate any water service interruptions, even during periods when communities are directed to “shelter in place.” For more information, visit https://www.gswater.com/covid-19-updates/.
CLAREMONT HELEN RENWICK LIBRARY:
LA County has closed Library branches to the public. Staff will be available by phone for reference questions. All public programming has been cancelled. https://lacountylibrary.org/coronavirus/
The Claremont Forum reopened the Farmers Market on Sunday, June 21 after a three month closure due to COVID-19. Regular visitors to the Market will notice several changes, most of which are steps taken to be in compliance with State and County guidelines, including:
- Face coverings MUST be worn at all times in the market.
- Shoppers are asked to maintain social distancing of at least six feet.
- Shoppers will NOT be allowed to handle produce and there will be no food sampling.
- There will be two entrances to the Market on the east side and west side of Harvard Avenue at Second Street. To control capacity, shoppers will be asked to wait at the entrances until directed by staff to enter the Market. Visitors are asked to “Shop & Go” to reduce waiting times at entrances.
- The number of shoppers admitted at one time will be limited to 75. As shoppers leave, new shoppers may enter.
- Shoppers will be encouraged to walk in a counterclockwise flow.
- Only fresh and packaged food items will be sold. There will not be arts and crafts booths or entertainment.
- New hygiene practices will be in effect, with portable toilets and handwashing stations available.
The Farmers Market is operated by the Claremont Forum, a non-profit community organization. They are committed to helping promote local family farmers and bring quality produce to the community. Proceeds from each market helps to support their service projects, such as the Prison Library Project. The Market is located in the Village along Harvard Avenue, between First Street and Bonita Avenue and features certified organic produce. For more information, visit this link.
Thank you to all the generous community members who have offered their assistance as we deal with the COVID-19 Crisis. The City has put together a Volunteer Information page for those who wish to help out during this time.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
Financial Resources for Residents Impacted by COVID-19
The Department of Public Social Services is aware of the financial impact that the Coronavirus is having on the health and financial well-being of County of Los Angeles residents, leaving thousands unemployed or underemployed. The department has provided resources to help residents who may be experiencing financial challenges due to the pandemic (click on link below).
HUD Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, in consultation with the Trump Administration and the Coronavirus Task Force, has authorized the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days. These moratoriums are part of the continued effort to address impacts to the financial well-being of America’s individuals, families, and businesses caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Tri-City Mental Health
Tri-City Mental Health is here to support individuals and families in Claremont. Here are some helpful wellness tips and resources to assist you through these unprecedented times:
Community Resources: Contact their Navigator team at (888) 436-3246 for linkage and referral to local resources including food, medical, legal, mental health, senior information and more.
Wellbeing Supportive Chat: Are you practicing social isolation or quarantine and need someone to talk to? Talk to one of their trained peer support staff and volunteers. For non-emergency support, call their main line at (909) 623-6131 Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm and ask to be connected to Chris Anzalone.
24/7 Crisis Support Services: If you are experiencing emotional distress and are not receiving treatment services at Tri-City, call their Supplemental Crisis line at (909) 623-6131 to speak to a licensed therapist.
For more information, visit Tri City's website at https://www.tricitymhs.org/.
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) supports the wellbeing of our County family, friends and colleagues. When you hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of an infectious disease, you may feel anxious and show signs of stress, even when the outbreak affects people far from where you live and you are at low or no risk of getting sick. These signs of stress are normal and may be more likely in people with loved ones in parts of the world affected by the outbreak. During an infectious disease outbreak, care for your own physical and mental health and reach out in kindness to those affected by the situation.
LACDMH has published its "Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks” flyer, which is available below:
LACDMH’s 24/7 Access Line at (800) 854-7771 is also available to provide mental health support, resources and referrals.
For more information, visit LACDMH's website at https://dmh.lacounty.gov/covid-19-information/.
FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION ABOUT CORONAVIRUS VISIT LA COUNTY'S DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH WEBSITE HERE.